Normal age gap for dating
Men do not show a linear increase in maximum age preference that matches the rule’s predictions.
Instead, men report maximum acceptable partner ages that hover around their own age through their 40s.
Men’s preferred minimum partner age: Let’s start with minimum age preferences reported by heterosexual men.
You might also take care to refer to the maximum age judiciously—the minimum age guideline seems to be more on target (and more so for men than women).
A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.
He approached the line with two other partners but is well within the threshold in his marriage with Amal Alamuddin. The minimum rule (half-your-age-plus-seven) seems to work for men, although the maximum rule falls short, failing to reflect empirical age-related preferences.
How well does the rule capture women’s preferences?